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Winning hearts and minds: French MP visiting Crimea buys T-shirt that says 'Obama, you're a schmuck'

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One of the French parliamentarians visiting Crimea has spoken his mind through fashion. Senator Yves Pozzo di Borgo from the center-right UDI party has acquired a T-shirt with Putin and Obama portraits, the caption saying: "Obama, you're a schmuck."

The senator, currently on a two-day visit to Crimea, was strolling along a picturesque quay when he reportedly came across an article of clothing that spoke for itself. Yves Pozzo di Borgo (who is also vice-president of the French-Russian Friendship Group of the Senate and member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and OSCE) immediately snapped the T-shirt up and even tried it on, Lifenews reported.

Comment: Will Yves win hearts and minds back in France with this stunt?


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Multiple casualties as gunman opens fire and kills self at Louisiana movie theater


Three people have been killed and seven others injured after a man opened fire at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana. One of the deceased is the suspect, who turned the gun on himself.

According to witnesses the man opened fire some 20 minutes into the movie Train Wreck, which was being screened at the Grand Theatre in in Lafayette.

"He wasn't saying anything. I didn't hear anybody screaming either," a witness told The Advertiser, describing the shooter as "an older white man."


Comment: Update: 59 year-old John Russell Houser has been identified as the suspected lone gunman, Louisiana police announced on Friday.


The shooter eventually turned the gun on himself, before authorities were able to approach him.

Comment: Another tragedy in America. This is only going to get worse as social and economic stress increases.


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Woman calls 9-1-1 to report husband strangling her, cops show up, steal her baby & arrest her

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A woman was arrested this week and had her child taken from her after she called 9-1-1 to report that she was being attacked by her husband. When police arrived on the scene just after noon on Tuesday, they found a man attempting to strangle his wife in the presence of a small child.

The man was taken into police custody, but they did not stop there. They also attempted to place the child in government custody, and when the mother objected to them taking away her child, they arrested her as well.

As any caring mother would do, the woman attempted to prevent the police from stealing her baby, at which point they became violent with her, even using a stun gun on her.

The police said that the woman became "combative" and attempted to grab the officer's pepper spray, but she was fully within her rights trying to save her child from a government kidnapping. If the police would not have tried to take her child away, the situation would have likely ended with the abusive husband getting arrested, as it should have.

Now the concerned mother is facing felony charges of disarming a police officer, child neglect, as well as resisting arrest and obstructing.

Sanilac County Sheriff Gary Biniecki made a statement after the incident, saying that "This case is a reminder that this type of violent encounter can happen anywhere at any time. The situation could have had a tragic outcome and goes to show you how important having the right tools to do the job is, such as tasers."

The police say that the child was in danger, even after the father was subdued, but there is no proof or indication that the mother was unfit to take care of her child in any way.

Sadly, this child is now likely to become a ward of the state whose track record "fostering" children is horrifying.

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'Sex sells' maxim is BS: Study shows almost no evidence that sexually explicit content actually sells products

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Adverts that use sexually attractive people to plug a product may have the opposite of the intended effect and actually put customers off buying goods, a new study has shown.

Despite the advertising adage "sex sells," customers can be so distracted by the sexualized content of adverts that they fail to notice the products involved.

The study found that shoppers are less likely to remember adverts featuring sexually explicit content, violence or other non-family friendly material than more benign adverts.

Violence was also likely to make viewers tune out of the adverts. Adverts with violence are more likely to be forgotten and be received less favorably when compared with other brands the study found.

Ohio State University psychologist Professor Brad Bushman said the findings of their study were hugely relevant to advertising agencies.

"Our findings have tremendous applied significance, especially for advertisers.

"Sex and violence do not sell, and in fact they may even backfire by impairing memory, attitudes and buying intentions for advertised products. Advertisers should think twice about sponsoring violent and sexual programs, and about using these themes in their ads," he added.

Comment: Today, sexual imagery is used to sell almost everything; sexualizing women being the chief medium. We see it on billboards, buildings, television and magazines, intimating these images (women) are objects, not people. Maybe consumers just aren't 'buying it' anymore.

See also: Modern Music: Promoting pedophilia to adults and sexual debauchery to children


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Cash cow: Oklahoma prosecutors caught using seized funds for personal use

Funds and property seized by Oklahoma law enforcement agencies have gone missing or have been used for personal or other improper purposes, state audit records reveal.

Among the violations were using seized money to pay on a prosecutor's student loans and allowing a prosecutor to live rent-free in a confiscated house for years, records show.

The cases were cited in a state commission hearing Tuesday in which authorities objected to new legislation aimed at curbing abuses of civil asset forfeiture by state and local law enforcement agencies. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Kyle Loveless, R-Oklahoma City, has spurred heated opposition from district attorneys and sheriffs.

Forfeiture involves law enforcement agencies seizing private property and money believed to have been used in drug trafficking or other crimes. After the assets are forfeited in court, authorities can keep the money or property even when the suspect is never convicted or charged.

Comment: The so-called war on drugs has been a great excuse to imprison poor people for minor offenses and grab people's property using insubstantial evidence for the benefit of police, local governments and the prison industrial complex.


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Kyrgyz girl's dream comes true: Receives rare puppy as gift from Putin

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A Kyrgyz schoolgirl received a 6-month-old Newfoundland puppy from the Russian President as a gift. She had asked him for the animal in an email during the annual Direct Line on April 16, 2015.

Dasha Yaitskaya said she wanted a dog of that exact breed. There were none in Kyrgyzstan, and it was impossible for her family to bring such a pooch from abroad.

"That's true! We received a letter addressed to the president from the girl, saying her family couldn't afford to buy the dog," the president's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS on Thursday.

The girl's parents weren't aware that their daughter had written to the president about her wish and were surprised to see the puppy. They nevertheless extended a warm welcome to the new family member.

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Preparing for the increase in human trafficking: 5 things you must know

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In Latin America it's called "Trafico de personas". You know it as human trafficking.

It didn't use to be a widespread problem in Argentina. It existed, but after the 2001 collapse it increased significantly. Poverty, crime, government and police corruption all works to create an environment where slavery flourishes.

The same is happening in the US right now. Human trafficking is on the rise. Calls to U.S. trafficking hotline rise 26 percent led from last year by sex victims.

When people ask about the similarities between what happened in Argentina and Greece and what could happen in America, I explain that it's already happening. The difference is that in the case of the U.S. it's a slow, long process with few landmark moments but with very similar results. Poverty, social degradation and loss of standards of living just degrades everything around you until one day you wake up, look around and wonder what the heck happened.

Comment: Under the chaos of ensuing economic turmoil, earth changes and other types of upheaval, the predators will be out in droves and emboldened to take advantage. Vigilance and safeguards must be applied on a constant basis.

To get some further sense of how widespread and pervasive human trafficking is already, see also:

Tip of the iceberg: Human trafficking in one graphic

Social Decay: UK child sex trafficking, sex abuse, and modern slavery soars, says National Crime Agency

Saudi diplomatic/military compound in Virginia investigated for human trafficking

US drops biggest-ever human trafficking case amid evidence doubts

Child Protective Services children found in human trafficking sex trade

Sex trafficking victim says police involved in human slave trade abused and threatened her

FBI: Child Sex Trafficking at Epidemic Levels

US farm companies charged with human trafficking

Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery Affecting 30 Million Women and Children

'Shameful' failure to tackle slavery and human trafficking in the UK

139 graves, signs of torture found in Malaysia human trafficking camps

Nigeria: Trafficking in Human Beings

Trial Delayed in Nashville for Somalis Accused in Child Sex Trafficking Ring


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Gun-toting citizens are stepping in to protect military recruiting locations around the country

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In this photo taken Monday, July 20, 2015, a man who would only give his name as J.R., from Norfolk, Va., stands with his sidearm as dozens of people, some armed with weapons and some carrying water, to the front door of the Armed Forces Career Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Gun-toting citizens are showing up at military recruiting centers around the country, saying they plan to protect recruiters following last week's killing of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The citizens, some of them private militia members, said they're supporting the recruiters, who by military directive are not armed.

"We're here to serve and protect," Clint Janney said Tuesday, wearing a Taurus 9mm handgun as he stood in a parking lot across from a recruiting center on the west side of Columbus. "What the government won't do, we will do."

Comment: This is just an accident waiting to happen. These people are only too happy to brandish their weapons. Imagine when the economy starts really breaking down what can happen with all of these guns.


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Another murder: Unarmed black man shot in the head by Ohio university traffic cop

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Police photo of Samuel Dubose.
Officials in Cincinnati, Ohio have launched a probe into the fatal shooting of a black motorist by a white officer during a traffic stop. Prosecutors say the victim was shot once in the head, while still inside the car, after struggling with the officer.

"We are rapidly investigating what occurred between University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing and Samuel Dubose and we expect to have our assessment complete before the end of next week," Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters said in a statement on Tuesday.

Dubose, 43, was pulled over on Sunday night by Tensing, because he was missing the front license plate on his car, University Police Chief Jason Goodrich explained at a news conference on Monday. University and city police work together on and around the campus.

When Dubose was asked for his driver's license and registration, he "produced a bottle of alcohol from inside the car, handing it to Officer Tensing," Goodrich said, adding that after a brief struggle the car rolled forward, and Tensing was knocked to the ground. He then shot Dubose.

Comment: Police in U.S. killed more blacks in 2014 than died in 9-11 attacks


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7.5 million taxpayers paid $1.5 billion in penalties to IRS - Obamacare

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2014 was the first year Americans have had to deal with tax credits and penalties pertaining to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Approximately 7.5 million taxpayers reported paying a total of $1.5 billion in penalties.

More Americans paid the penalty for not having healthcare coverage in 2014 than the tax authorities originally estimated, the IRS commissioner confirmed in a letter to members of Congress. The vast majority of US taxpayers had qualifying health coverage.

Following "numerous requests" from members of Congress, Internal Revenue Service commissioner John Koskinen sent out a four-page letter with the data the agency has collected so far, after processing about 135 million out of the estimated 150 million tax returns for 2014.

Out of those returns, Koskinen wrote, approximately 7.5 million taxpayers reported a total of $1.5 billion in "individual shared responsibility payments," as the penalty for not having qualifying health insurance is called under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Government estimates from earlier this year predicted that number of returns affected by the penalty would range from $3-6 million, according to NPR.

Comment: Another way for the IRS to make money off the American tax payers.

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